What is Family Centered Early Supports and Services?
Family Centered Early Supports and Services (FCESS) is NH’s early intervention system. Early Intervention is a nationwide program under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA). FCESS is NH’s Part C Program. FCESS serves children birth to age 3 that have a developmental delay, an established condition or are at substantial risk for a developmental delay. FCESS is delivered throughout the state through the Area Agency system, administered by the Bureau of Developmental Services of the NH Department of Health and Human Services.
The goal of FCESS is to support families in helping their children grow and develop, including helping you achieve your own family goals. FCESS services are provided in a child’s natural environment (typically the home or child care setting) by qualified professionals such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and early childhood developmental specialists. The activities your child does and/or enjoys everyday are used to help your child learn. Having fun and building relationships through play is an important part of the services and support that FCESS provides.